Sunday, 21 February 2016

Harry Melling wants to be the Next Doctor

Former Harry Potter star Harry Melling wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and be the Doctor. His grandfather is the late Patrick Troughton who played the Second incarntaion of the Doctor. 

Harry Melling, now 26, found fame in the Harry Potter films as Dudley Dursley, Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) cousin who made his life a misery. But now he says he would love to become the 13th Doctor, 50 years after Troughton played the second Time Lord. Patrick Troughton died before he was born, but it seems Harry has inherited the family’s acting talent.

Melling is starring in acclaimed West End show Hand To God at The Vaudeville Theatre until mid-June. He played Dudley from the age of 10, making his final appearance in the first part of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in 2010.

“Harry Potter was a great experience and the cast have kept in touch,”
he said.

As he grew older, he lost so much puppy fat that he ended up having to wear a fat suit to play the character of Dudley.

 
 Producers even considered recasting the role because of his new trim shape. But it turned out to be blessing in disguise.

“I was able to shed the whole child actor thing and start a new career, because no one sees me as Dudley. I was a chubby kid who went to drama school at 18 and lost weight. It was down to growing up, a new routine, a new environment, lots of movement and taking care of my body. “Harry Potter was a lifetime ago. I was 10 in the first film. So much has happened since then.” 

 His latest play features Texas teenagers using glove puppets to spread the gospel. “I was scared by Hand Of God but in the end I felt comfortable enough to do it.

My parents came to watch and loved it. They all come from an acting family. I would love to be the next new Doctor. I am not the person in charge of that but I would love to keep it in the family. It probably won’t happen as I might need to be a bit older. I’ve really enjoyed doing theatre but getting Doctor Who in the family again would be great.” 


 

5 comments:

david said...

too young . I wish we could keep Peter Capaldi. In my opinion, he has risen to the status of "brilliant, special Doctors" along with Tom Baker and David Tennant.

Cerys Davies said...

Remember, Peter Davison was 27 & Matt Smith was 26 when they took on the role of the Doctor. Personally, I'd like to see Kris Marshall to follow in Peter Capaldi's wonderful footsteps.

Cerys Davies said...

Remember, Peter Davison was 27 & Matt Smith was 26 when they took on the role of the Doctor. Personally, I'd like to see Kris Marshall to follow in Peter Capaldi's wonderful footsteps.

david said...

I really liked Peter Davison. In retrospect, he was very good. Never liked his companions; there were too many and not particularly likeable, with the exception of Nyssa. Very tough job being the guy to replace, in my humble opinion, the best Doctor ever; Tom Baker. Think Peter did a credible job. Smith had an equally un-envious job replacing David Tennant.

Cerys Davies said...

Davison did a really good job considering he was taking over from the BEST Doctor ever. His swan song in The Caves Of Androzani was epic. His best story and performance. Nyssa was my favourite companion of his too.